Good news for open science in EFSI negotiations - but much work ahead
EU-LIFE partners welcome the announcement that funds from ERC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and spreading excellence /widening participation actions were safeguarded from deviation to EFSI. This outcome is particularly welcomed for revealing a common acknowledgement that open science is crucial for the future of Europe.
We deeply thank all those involved in the trilogue negotiations that allowed for this outcome, in particular Vice-President Katainen, Vice-President Georgieva, Commissioner Moedas and the European Parliament (EP) advocating the case.
More work is ahead now. H2020 budget has still been unduly deviated and open science still suffers from under investment. In addition, EFSI has still to prove focus on frontier R&I and clear democratic governance.
We look forward to contributing to the common endeavor of overcoming these crucial challenges.